I’ve had mystery perfume #346 for a few weeks now. I’m giving it a test run for the Fragrance Advisory Board. Haven’t worn it lately, although it is hard to compete with all the fragrances I have to choose from.
I gave it a good go for one week. It started growing on me, not seeming as sweet and fruity as it did from the first spray. In fact, it reminds me of a perfume I have, called “Bendelirious” from Etat Libre D’Orange. Bendelirious is a delicious blend of Champagne, cherry and grapefruit, followed by iris, violet, leather, musk and tonka bean.
Perfume #346 has a few of these notes, especially the cherry accord. But it has much more green to it, which I am not crazy about. It also develops a somewhat powdery note Bendelious doesn’t have. I even wore both fragrances at the same time, just to make sure they weren’t the same perfume. #346 on the left wrist, Bendelirious on the right. While they start out smelling almost the same, as time goes on, I like Bendelirious a lot more.
I purchased Bendelirious at the Etat Libre d’Orange boutique in the Marais district of Paris this summer, just after my Sniffapalooza perfume trip to Grasse. If you don’t know this brand, it is worth seeking out, simply because their scents are so different from anything on the market. The stories behind the perfumes are entertaining as well. I also like the new “Like This” which was a collaboration with actress Tilda Swanton, and “Jasmine & Cigarettes.”
For those of you interested — and with time read on, The Fragrance Advisory Board sent out a survey. My responses are in bold. Looking forward to seeing what they do with the survey results. We are to get one more questionnaire.
Approximately how much of the fragrance product is left in the bottle?
More than three-quarters
Between half and three-quarters
Between one quarter and one half
Less than one quarter
Bottle is empty
Approximately how often do you apply the fragrance product?
More than once a day
Once a day
3-6 times a week
1-2 times a week
Have not used it since the initial application
How do you feel about the scent after using it for approximately one week/two weeks?
Neither like nor dislike it
What do you specifically like about this fragrance?
The fragrance grew on me over time. Hated it at first, but on subsequent wearings, I like the floral fruityness of it – feels a little flirty. And it doesn’t come on too strong.
What do you specifically dislike about this fragrance?
I don’t like the green note. Also dries down to powdery which I also don’t like. It reminds me of Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious which I love, but there’s something missing in this scent 346.
How would you describe the strength of the fragrance after wearing it for a while?
Much too strong
Somewhat too strong
Just About Right
Somewhat too weak
Much too weak
Approximately how long would you say the fragrance lasts after you apply it?
2 hours or less
How would you rate the length of time the fragrance lasts after you apply it?
Lasts too long
Lasts just the right amount of time
Did not last long enough
To what extent do you feel this fragrance is…?
Clean not at all
Unforgettable very much
Unique/different not at all
Feminine very much
Old-fashioned not at all
Listed below are some attributes that people have used to describe scents. Please select the attributes that you feel best apply to this fragrance. Would you describe this scent as being:
Chemical / synthetic
Soft / gentle / mild
Easy to wear
Unique / different
Heavy / sickening
Refined / elegant
Cheap / down market
Classic / timeless
With character / personality
Prestigious / classy
Makes a statement
Difficult to wear
Sparkling / bright
Pleasant to wear / suits me well
Seems to last very long
Subtle / delicate
For someone like me
Sharp / aggressive
Ordinary / nothing special
Dull / bland
Do you feel this fragrance is… ?
Watery / marine
Green / grassy
Sour / bitter
Milky / creamy
Which of the following moods, if any, does this fragrance bring to mind?
Energizing / Invigorating
Makes me feel good
Happy / joyful
Playful / flirty
Relaxing / calming
Sexy / seductive
Other, please specify
None of the above
For which occasions and times have you worn this fragrance?
During the week
None of the above
In your opinion, is this fragrance.?
For a teenagers
For someone in their 20’s
For someone in their 30’s
For someone in their 40’s
For someone in their 50’s
For someone in their 60’s or older
How would you rate this fragrance overall on the following scale?
How much do you like this fragrance compared to when you first applied it, right after you received it? Would you say you…?
Like it much more now
Like it somewhat more now
Like it about the same
Dislike it somewhat less now
Like it much less now
If this fragrance was available where you normally buy fragrances and priced acceptably to you, how likely would you be to purchase it?
Definitely would buy it
Probably would buy it
May or may not buy it
Probably would not buy it
Definitely would not buy it
How likely would you be to recommend this fragrance to a friend or relative?
Definitely would recommend it
Probably would recommend it
May or may not recommend it
Probably would not recommend it
Definitely would not recommend it
Which of the following have you experienced so far when wearing the fragrance?
Received a negative comment on the fragrance itself
Received a compliment on the fragrance itself
Was asked the name of the fragrance
Received a compliment on the strength of the fragrance
Received a negative comment on the strength of the fragrance
Other, please specify – no comments except when i said smell this, and reviews were mixed
None of the above